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52 Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark 3138.
PO Box 160, Mooroolbark 3138
Phone (03) 9726 4454
Fax: 9727 2867
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School News
Email – [email protected]
http://www.rollinghillsps.vic.edu.au
Our Vision:
RHPS—Inspiring all learners to be resilient,
ethical citizens who will thrive in a global,
innovative and sustainable community.
From the
Principal’s Desk
Diary Dates
May
3
Melbourne Victory Clinic - Level 4
Assembly, 2.45pm - Gym (Hosted by 5N)
6
La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary - Level 2
CERES - Level 4
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School Cross Country
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Prep Pyjama Day
TRANSITION:
It is that time of year when our year 5s and 6s are looking at
options for their futures and we are hosting tours for prep
families for 2014. This is a fabulous time for reflection, when
we sit back and take stock of what we are doing well and
where we see opportunities for improvement.
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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
P&F Meeting, 7.30pm - Staffroom
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Assembly, 2.45pm - Gym (Hosted by 4S)
20-24
EDUCATION WEEK
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Prep 2014 Open Afternoon, 2.30-3.30pm
It is interesting to discuss with prospective parents how we
organise our learning around significant concepts. At Rolling
Hills, key concepts in the areas of social studies,
environmental studies, history, economics, health and
science are presented through inquiries. Children live in a
constant state of curiosity and learning in their lives and
inquiry and I-Time are positive vehicles for this learning.
Inquiry comes from learning, exploring and being interested
in our world. We structure our learning frameworks so that
students can investigate areas of interest to them under the
umbrella of whole school concepts.
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School Council, 7.30pm - Staffroom
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Prep 2014 Open Morning, 9-11am
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Prep 2014 Information Night, 7.30-8.30pm
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Assembly, 2.45pm - Gym (Hosted by 4V)
STAFFING:
We wish Mrs Nettelbeck and Mrs Thomas all the best for
their Long Service Leave. Mrs Nettelbeck is going to Europe
for 6 weeks and Mrs Thomas is going to America. I am sure
they will have great stories to tell on their return. ‘Bon
Voyage’ to you both!
Last term we received the department’s Compact which is a
brief document outlining the roles of schools and the roles
of government in providing quality education and future
options for all students. I am confident we are doing all we
can within our resources to deliver the best possible
educational experiences for all children. We offer a diverse
curriculum from P – 6 that provides enrichment or
remediation in many forms. We have a rich specialist
June
11
CURRICULUM DAY
School Production
Thursday 1st &
Friday 2nd August, 2013
Beauty and the Beast
Please put these dates in your diary now.
TRIBES Agreements: Mutual Respect, Personal Best, Safety Appreciation, Right to Participate/Pass, Attentive Listening
VALUES: Responsibility, Honesty, Pride, Support
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program that allows students to experience many great
learning activities within the class and each specialist
program offers opportunities for extension for students
with specific interests. We have a broad ranging
integration program that caters for a range of special
needs in the mainstream program, to the benefit of all.
These achievements make me very proud to be principal
of Rolling Hills Primary School, so it is no challenge to find
things to share during a tour.
CURRICULUM CATCH UP
Curriculum Dates:
Tuesday 11th June
Monday 4th November
Parents please take note of our remaining
Curriculum Days for the year.
Curriculum Day:
Last Friday our professional learning programs were
focussed on Numeracy and Literacy. We are very
fortunate to have staff in our school who are willing
and capable of leading professional learning for all
staff.
BUILDING REPAIRS—
THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS:
Last week we received our buildings audit from
the department. I was very excited to see we would have 2
major capital works programs on the main building and
the grade 4 portable. The grade 3 portable will be
removed in the future as it is surplus to our enrolment
numbers. The bad news is that we have been given no
date, but it will not be this year.
Our Maths program was delivered around
2 main themes:
1. Supporting students who have
difficulty learning Maths
2. Errors and Misconceptions in Maths
An essential factor in the successful learning in all
areas, but particularly in Maths, is attitude. We
need parents and students to have a belief that
students can and will be successful.
CREATIVITY AND PLAY:
Thanks to Miss Den Elzen and Miss MacMillan for their
recent work with our neighbourhood kindergartens. We
have had fabulous discussions about our I-Time program
and what is understood by our families. Our Prep program
is a student-centred program where students explore,
investigate and play within their own areas of interest.
From here our teachers build on their existing knowledge
by challenging their thinking, their language and their
concept development. (Another label for this form of
teaching is Developmental Curriculum because it starts
with the child and builds on skills at their developmental
level.)
Our English program was on ‘Class Libraries’, how to
establish, use and manage them to ensure students
have a range of Fiction and Non Fiction
books to read and in areas of interest to
them.
As teachers we recognise that some students
require additional support and extra time to
consolidate their concepts so we plan our
curriculum accordingly.
Every day I read and hear more about the
importance of play to help children establish
their social constructs, develop their
language, build confidence and establish acceptable norms
or values. It is interesting to note that many experts have
referred to helicopter parents, who hover around their
children, and intervene whenever they feel a challenge
looming. It is dealing with this very challenge and finding a
suitable outcome that develops resilience in a child. When
parents encourage their children to confront and solve
these challenges, they are telling their children that they
have confidence in them and they trust them to be able to
manage themselves.
EDUCATION WEEK
This year for Education Week we will be inviting
families to visit classes at two different times
throughout the week to observe students in their
regular class program. We have allocated 2 sessions,
one on Monday and one on Thursday so families
have the opportunities to visit both the class
program and the specialist program. Specialist
programs and extra curricula activities will take
place at their scheduled time. Both German and
Chinese classes run on Thursdays. We hope the
times selected allow mums and dads to visit:
Terry Spottiswood
Principal
Monday 20th May from 2.30 to 3.30pm
Thursday 23rd May from 9 – 11am
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My Child
Mooresville
Dear Families,
NAPLAN
It’s that time of year when our Grade 3 and Grade 5 students
undertake their NAPLAN assessments. NAPLAN is only one aspect
of assessment that measures student growth at RHPS. Please check
the following web page for information for parents. Hard copies are
also available in the foyer.
http://www.nap.edu.au/verve/_resources/
NAPLAN_2013_Parents_Brochure.pdf
NAPLAN assessments will be conducted from Tuesday 14 th MayThursday 16th May. Assessments are conducted in Maths and English
over the 3 days.
Autism Awareness Month
April was Autism Awareness Month. I have included two poems,
written by mums, which I found on one of my Facebook pages. Ethan
does not attend RHPS – I suspect Ethan lives in USA. However, the
sentiments could be from any person who has special needs.
I am Ethan.
You may not understand me, or the way I feel today.
You may not understand my reasoning for things I do or say.
The reasons why I'm so loud and say things over & over again,
Why I run so differently or lose my homework every now & then.
I write my letters backwards and sometimes numbers too,
and when in a conversation, I'll say "Guess what" 100 times to you.
Too much noise, light, or excitement can set me in a spin.
I don't like the way these pants feel rubbing against my skin.
I try to be good, but sometimes it's hard to control,
I have to do it, it's an impulse, I don't always do what I'm told.
Ketchup, Ranch and BBQ sauce on everything I eat,
sometimes I have days that I just can't sit still in my seat.
I like to talk a lot even when it's out of turn,
my mind plays tricks on me and interrupts what I'm trying to learn.
Sit up straight, wipe my face, and play ever so soft,
some of these things I have trouble with and I usually lose my train of
thought.
I didn't mean to spill the milk mom, or slam the door so hard,
everyone else is done with their homework, I don't know where to
start?
My heart's as big as gold, my feelings get hurt too,
I get sad, cry and have bad days just like you.
My brain works differently than other girls and boys,
but one thing always holds true, I can give your life so much joy.
I get frustrated so easily and my hand won't work that way,
I don't understand why those other kids won't let me come over and
play.
Please don't think of me any differently or love of me any less,
I'm just like other kids and trying to do my best.
I am very special in my own unique way, and every moment with me,
you'll never have a dull day.
By Kelly Graham
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When people laugh,
they don't see the hurt;
But I do.
It's MY CHILD…
When people speak
such unkind words,
they don't see the pain;
But I do.
It's MY CHILD…
When people turn away
Because they don't understand,
I do.
It's MY CHILD…
So many tears,
so many broken hearts,
they don't feel;
But I do.
It's MY CHILD…
A simple smile,
just one kind word
could ease the hurt.
Oh, don't they see;
I do.
It's MY CHILD…
Please understand
My fervent plea;
Think before you speak.
It could be YOUR CHILD…
Written by Fran Sanzone
See you at the school gate,
Cheers,
Mary
Notices Sent Home
Description of Notice
Sent Home to
Hoop Time Notice
Level 3 students
Biggest Morning Tea Order Form
Parents and all students
Mother’s Day Stall
Youngest students
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OSHCARE
Canteen
Mon 6 May
Sue Mackie
Jacqui McLaren
Mon 13 May
Melissa Lee
Kellie Morton
Wed 8 May
Glenys Marnock
Christine Van Veen
Fri 10 May
10am—2.30pm
Leotia Serci
Fiona Bone
Melissa O’Keefe
Wed 15 May
Adrienne Ruddock
Annette Deltondo
Fri 17 May
10am—12pm
Lynette Podesta
12:30pm—2:30pm
Candice Zaviska
10am—2.30pm
Fleur Cousins
Leonie McGuire
Canteen News
NEW SEASON - NEW MENU:
Please take the time to review our new winter menu, as new
seasonal items have been added and prices have been
adjusted. Our winter menu has been sent home with your
youngest student and the office has spare copies if required.
AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST MORNING TEA:
Canteen, together with P&F, will be holding
an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event for
all students, to help raise money for Cancer
Council on Tuesday 14th May. Order forms
have been sent home with all students.
Date
Program
Afternoon
Tea
Mon 6 May
IOUs / Placemats
Donuts &
Apples
Tues 7 May
Decoupage Wooden
Hangers
Tinned fruit &
yoghurt
Wed 8 May
Strawberry Chocolate
Holders
Vegies &
Dips
Thurs 9 May
AAS—Rugby
(wrapping pressies)
Weetbix
Slice
Fri 10 May
Card Making
(AAS—Netball)
Sausages in
bread
Mon 13 May
Decorating Crayon
Cartons
Cake
(B’day)
Tues 14 May
Egg Carton
Caterpillars
Vegie, cheese
crackers
Wed 15 May
Make a
Footy Ladder
Milo &
Fruit
Thurs 16 May
AAS—Rugby
Toasted
sandwiches
Fri 17 May
AAS—Netball
(Graph—popular teams)
Noodles
Entertainment Books Available!
The new Entertainment Books are here!!! They are still at a
cost of only $65 per book, and $13 of each book goes towards
fundraising at our school.
To order, you can purchase over the counter at the school
office, or you can order online at the following website:
Please be aware that the forms must be returned to the
office no later than 4pm on Monday 6th May.
We are also inviting parents, neighbors, family & friends to have
a cup of tea or coffee & either a delicious Bakers Delight scone
or finger bun with us in the staffroom on Tuesday, 14 th May
between 9am - 10am. For catering purposes, please return the
form that was sent home with your youngest, or drop into the
office to pick a notice up. We would love to see as many faces
as possible.
https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/185x428
Books will be sent home with your youngest child. Or if
ordering online, you also have the option to get it posted to
your home, at a cost of $9.
Remember $2 from every order at both events will be
donated to Cancer Council.
Uniform Shop
SPECIAL!!!!!
The special for this fortnight will be home
baked Chocolate Cake. This yummy &
moist cake will be frosted with Chocolate
icing. Chocolate Cake will be available for
$1 per slice from Friday 3rd May - Wed
15th May.
Next opening day:
Thursday 17th May
8.45am—9.15am
Thank you, Wendy Schilling & Canteen Sub-Committee
at the Canteen Window
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Staff Profile
Staff Profile
Name: Rhonda Box
Name: Francesca O’Reilly
Role: Grade 1/2 Teacher
Role: Learning Support
My role:
Learning Support, assisting with the speech therapy
program and reading fluency.
My Family: Widowed with one son.
I have grown up in Melbourne and
lived my married life in Chirnside Park.
My time away from school is filled by a
large family of brothers and sisters, a
very special son and daughter-in-law
and a 23 month old grandson, whom I
adore.
My family:
I live with my husband and two children in Warranwood. I
grew up in the outer east and love it so much I have never
wanted to move away.
My pets:
We have two small dogs (who think they’re big dogs) Marley the Silky Terrier and Gizmo a Poodle-Cross as well
as two hungry, kitchen-residing goldfish - Bert and Ernie.
Career:
I have been working with the Department of Education for
over 40 years and during that time I have had the
privilege of working with many children, families,
Principals, fellow teachers and school support staff. I have
taught Grades Prep to Grade Six as a class teacher and as
a Specialist in Reading Recovery, music and for a short
time as a Librarian and Physical Education teacher. I was
Assistant Principal and Acting Principal at Croydon North
for over 11 years.
My spare time:
As the week is very busy for us all, it’s nice on weekends
to just ‘be’. As a family we play board games or spend
time in the garden or go out for a milkshake. I also love
walking our dogs (I should say that they walk me…) while
my children ride their bikes.
Otherwise ‘me’ time is reading a good book in front of the
fire. What luxury!
Spare Time:
I enjoy socialising with friends, going to live theatre, the
movies, looking after my garden, travelling and of course
going to see Collingwood win matches. I have recently
been to Vanuata, Rome, Vienna, Prague and England and
I am planning to go to New York and to drive around
Ireland in the near future.
Favourite TV show:
The Big Bang Theory.
Favourite food:
Spaghetti bolognaise, home made chocolate cake and for
a healthy treat, blueberries!
Music:
I like all sorts of music and recently went to a Paul Simon
concert, which was great.
School Banking
Well done to the following students who have
received a School Banking Bronze Certificate for their
great efforts in making 10 deposits.
Yarra Valley Water Bottles
Available - $4
Aaron Brock, Shelby Lucas, Alicia Smith and Emma
Smith.
If we get enough interest, we will be
purchasing more water bottles.
Please let the office know if you would like your
name on the list for a water bottle.
The School Banking Team
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Cross Country
Just a reminder that the RHPS Cross Country will be held next Tuesday 7th May. We will begin promptly at 11:30am
and continue through until all age groups have run. Order of events is as follows:
Event No.
Age Group
Distance
1
12/13 Year Old Boys
4 laps of the school course
2
12/13 Year Old Girls
4 laps of the school course
3
11 Year Old Boys
4 laps of the school course
4
11 Year Old Girls
4 laps of the school course
5
10 Year Old Boys
3 laps of the school course
6
10 Year Old Girls
3 laps of the school course
7
Grade 3 Boys
2 laps of the school course
8
Grade 3 Girls
2 laps of the school course
9
Grade 2 Boys
1 lap of the school course
10
Grade 2 Girls
1 lap of the school course
11
Grade 1 Boys
3 laps of the oval
12
Grade 1 Girls
3 laps of the oval
13
Prep Boys
2 laps of the oval
14
Prep Girls
2 laps of the oval
* Age is as of December 31, 2013.
Please note that due to NAPLAN, Sport and excursions coming up, the Cross Country will be run for Grade 4 – 6 on
this day, rain, hail or shine. Please bring your umbrellas, a change of clothes and be prepared for a great day!
HOUSE ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
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Student of the Month
TEAM VIC NOMINATIONS
March
Each year, Rolling Hills has the opportunity to nominate
students to attend trials for the Victorian School teams in
Netball, Football, Soccer and Basketball. This is a very
rigorous process with many stages along the way.
Congratulations to the following students who have been
nominated this year to participate in the first stage, the
District trials:
Netball
Montana 6W
Brittany 6D
Hannah 6W
Natasha S 6W
Cassidy 5G
Bethany 5N
Zoe 5N
Jemma 5N
Basketball
Taylah 6W
Brad 6D
Ryan 5/6S
Football
Seth 6W
Tyler 5/6S
Soccer
Sean 6W
To be nominated to participate in these trials is an
outstanding achievement and you should all be very proud
of yourself!
A special congratulations to Taylah, Brad, Ryan, Seth, Tyler,
Sean, Montana, Brittany and Natasha who have all made it
through the District trials to the Divisional stage in their
chosen sports. We look forward to following your
progress!!
Mel Street
Physical Education & Sport
Prep D
Kane Harrington
Prep M
Sarah Pampakas
1A
Alexis Wilson
1H
Tia Irvine
1/2B
Luke Ferrall
2H
Jack Fitzgerald
2S
Mat Lees
3B
Victoria Prasel
3C
Kelsey Horsnaill
3P
Taiysha Wallis
4S
Megan Rennick
4V
Jack Radley
5G
Jacob Lee
5N
Phoebe Kost
5/6S
Caitlin Moore
6D
Chloe McArdle
6W
Brodie Daniels
Art
Elsa Gandy
Perf. Arts
Siahlet Valoa
PE
Tyler Waqanivalu
German
Hansi Kube
Chinese
Malia Durrant
Rolling Hills Cookbook
Mother’s Day gift idea...?
Only $10 each
Get your copy from the office.
Great gift idea and/or keepsake
from our school families.
Aussie of the Month:
Mitchell Jones
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LILYDALE HIGH SCHOOL
MELBA AVENUE, LILYDALE
PARENT INFORMATION EVENING
TUESDAY 7TH MAY, 7.30PM
IN THE SCHOOL HALL
Lilydale High School invites you to attend our Information
Evening. This information evening will be for parents and
guardians of children currently in Year 6 who will be
starting in Year 7 at secondary school in 2014.
Speakers will provide information and printed material will
be distributed. There will be several student performances
and tours of the school featuring displays of students’ work
and interactive demonstrations.
Tours of the school at other times can be arranged by
contacting the school office on 9735-5644.
Lilydale Pre School
OPEN DAY
Saturday 18th May
10am to 1pm
Come and visit our fabulous Pre School!
Meet the friendly staff. See the wonderful facilities.
Enjoy a sausage sizzle lunch.
3 and 4 year old programs are available
Cnr Castella and Chapel Streets, Lilydale
For enquiries please call 9735 1574
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